Smart Rail: A long-term route map for the Australian rail industry

In an interview with Global Railway Review, Danny Broad, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), discusses how the Smart Rail Route Map initiative will translate ideas and data into a meaningful direction for how the Australian rail industry can utilise technology in the coming decades.


With the technological revolution surging around the globe, businesses need to ensure they are in the best position possible to maximise the benefits and opportunities afforded by new and emerging technologies. Inherent in this is understanding the risks and obstacles that are likely to emerge in the context of a changing technological paradigm. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Australasian railway industry which continues to undergo significant change. This includes variations to how we move customers and freight in cities that are becoming more congested, how we move trains safely and efficiently around the network, and how we modernise the management of rail assets.

It has become exceedingly important to ensure the Australasian rail industry does more to keep pace to prepare for these changes.

In response, the Australasian rail industry is working together to develop a long-term strategic framework for digital and communication technologies. This commitment is embodied by the Smart Rail initiative which aims to drive a coordinated industry focus to the adoption and deployment of telecommunications and technology initiatives within the industry.

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